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Fall room and board rates top Friday's board agenda

by Cheryl Roland

April 5, 2011 | WMU News

KALAMAZOO--Setting campus residence hall and apartment rental rates and the transfer of a piece of property to the city of Kalamazoo top the agenda for the Friday, April 8, meeting of the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees.

Meeting at 11 a.m. in Rooms 157-159 of the Bernhard Center, the board will consider a recommendation for a small systemwide increase to residence hall room and board and apartment rental rates that would take effect in 2011-12. If passed, the new residence hall rate increase would not affect students currently living in residence halls, since their rates remain the same for up to four consecutive years through the Western Edge plan.

In addition, trustees will take up a resolution to transfer a piece of property known as the Northwest Unit of the former Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital to the city of Kalamazoo. The property, located at 1501 Blakeslee St., includes a building that has been vacant for more than 20 years sitting on 12.4 acres of land in the Fairmont neighborhood.

Trustees also will consider a recommendation authorizing the administration to issue general revenue bonds for campus building projects and another recommendation to award an honorary degree during an April 30 commencement ceremony.

In addition, trustees will hear and be asked to consent to reports covering personnel moves, receipt of gifts and grants and academic program changes.